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Sadiq Jafar

Sadiq Jafar

Managing Partner


+971 4 4292999

Sadiq is Managing Partner of the Dubai office of Hadef & Partners. He has extensive corporate and commercial law experience, particularly in respect of inward investment, joint ventures, banking and finance, energy and infrastructure, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to advising multinationals, Sadiq works closely with regional groups in the Middle East in relation to corporate strategy and succession planning.

Sadiq holds an LLB from the London School of Economics, London University. He qualified as a Barrister of Gray’s Inn, London in 1987 and later transferred to the Roll of Solicitors of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Previous experience includes Associate at Clifford Chance from 1987 to 1993; and General Counsel of Crescent Petroleum until 1996. Other positions include: member of the Legal Practice Division Council of the International Bar Association; member of the Wealth Management Working Group of the Dubai International Financial Centre; member of the Legislative Committee of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority; member of the Advisory Board of Emirates Law, a quarterly publication of the Dubai Judicial Institute; member of the Advisory Board of the College of Law, University of Dubai. Previous posts include Chairman of the Arab Regional Forum, a division of the International Bar Association; Vice-Chair / Middle East Liaison of the International Bar Association’s Law Firm Management Committee; and Vice-Chair of the Law Practice Management Forum of the American Bar Association’s International Section.

  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner in the High Net Worth Rankings for Private Wealth Law.

    Chambers and Partners 2020

  • He is respected in the market as “a really solid practitioner” who “runs a good shop”.

    Chambers Global, 2020

  • Sadiq Jafar is the firm's managing partner in Dubai. Jafar has extensive experience working with substantial family businesses in the region, advising on structuring and success planning issues. Peers say he is a "good operator and knowledgeable," noting his offshore strengths.

    Chambers Global, 2019

  • Sources agree that he continues to be “a very strong name in the market”.

    Chambers Global, 2019

  • “Sources hold Sadiq Jafar in high regard as a ‘very responsive and very professional’ lawyer.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • Dubai office managing partner Sadiq Jafar forms an overwhelmingly positive impression on sources and is an important point of contact for many regional clients, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Hadef & Partners displays ‘a rare proactive approach and a welcome attention to client needs’. Sameer Huda is recommended, as is Sadiq Jafar, who is described by one client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Described by client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Sources highlight Dubai managing partner Sadiq Jafar as a "quality operator" and a strong choice for work referrals. He has a broad range of experience on corporate deals and energy and infrastructure projects.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Sadiq Jafar is a key contact for the group, and is also the Dubai office's managing partner. (Capital Markets) Sadiq Jafar is managing partner of the Dubai office and continues to garner respect for his management skills and extensive local experience. (Corporate/Commercial)

    Chambers Global 2013